Hyderabad: The director of enforcement and vigilance has fined Lasa Lamsa Tea Rs. 10,000 for an illegal poster which has been there for the past 20 years at MJ market. Activist Vishal Vanjari, who had raised the complaint on Twitter, said he had registered a complaint through the GHMC app six months ago but it had never been resolved.

Mr Vishal said, “I spoke to the official concerned and he said he knows it’s illegal but it has been there for almost 20 to 30 years now so they cannot consider it illegal.” He hoped that the vigilance department will remove the banner. There are other three hoardings along with the tea banner but the others are legal, the activist said. The tea hoarding is blocking the view of an apartment above the Lamsa Lasa Tea Mix shop.

Director of vigilance and enforcement Vishwajit Kambati said, “We have a separate team to deliver challan to the offenders.” The challans posted on Twitter are personally delivered to the offenders, he added.

Earlier this month, the department fined two schools and a pharmacy for erecting illegal banners. Edify World School was fined Rs. 10,000 while Birla Open Minds School and Zoi Clinics were fined Rs. 5,000 each. In a day, the department receives seven to eight complaints through Twitter, said the officials.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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